Thursday, June 17, 2010

Rate My Look: Please Be Kind...

For the first time since I was a toddler, I am donning a romper for the day. Much like a bandaid that must be pulled off swiftly, I am diving into my recent romper purchase ASAP- I figure the sooner I do it, the sooner the (potential) pain will be over. Although, I must admit, I am seriously diggin' my romper outfit:

If you disagree that this is a cute outfit, that's fine, but limit your comment critiques to issues with that as opposed to saying something like, "Your legs just aren't svelte enough to pull off a romper." In other words, please be kind in your comments today. I'm taking what amounts to a serious fashion risk for me, so let's live today by the old adage, "If you don't have something nice to say..." My fragile ego may not be able to handle too much. Now, if I start posting myself in rompers more frequently, I'll be happy to take all sorts of constructive criticism, but not today. Thank you for your cooperation. (P.S. Yes, I KNOW I need a tan on those gams. I'm working on it.)

Actually, the funny thing is that I feel great in this outfit and for me, in my head, feeling great equals looking great. So I'm sort of back and forth between feeling incredibly confident and fabulous to feeling insecure and uncertain. I even sent a text to Andrea prepping her for my romper outfit today, so I know I'll have at least one person supporting my style choice of the day.

Now, deluded or not, here are the reasons I think this romper and this outfit work on me.
First, the length of the shorts are perfect for my legs. My legs are at once my favorite and most hated part of my body. From about mid-thigh down to my toes, I'm happy. I like the shape of my legs and when I'm in heels, they look rather toned. From mid-thigh upward, it's a different story. That's why you very rarely see me in a mini-skirt and also why I'll never post a bathing suit edition of RML. So not only is the length of this romper just right for my legs, so is the shape of the shorts. They sort of "bubble" loosely around my thighs, but then the band of fabric at the hem, tapers them in at just the right place. The smocking at the top allows for a snug, fitted look while still remaining incredibly comfortable. And did I mention there are pockets? I love anything with pockets.

The back isn't as flattering- I'm thinking of maybe taking it in in the back so that my butt looks a little better. (Sorry, there are no pictures from behind. Actually, I shouldn't be apologizing for that.)

Anyway, due to the fact that I'm feeling a tad insecure about wearing a romper out of the house today, I layered on what feels like a million accessories: belt, shrug, bracelet, earrings, high heels, even a flower in my hair. My logic: Maybe if it's not everyone's favorite look on me, they'll be distracted by all the other elements in the outfit. (Honestly, I'm laughing out loud at myself as I type this post.) I didn't want to wear the sequin shrug, but it was the only one in my closet that worked in terms of shape. Like I mentioned yesterday, I think a crochet shrug would be a better choice. Maybe I'll shop around for one. But you should also know that this shrug is much more shiny in pictures than it is in real life. It's not nearly as glittery as it looks in these pictures.

Ok, let the comments commence. I've braced myself. (Amy N., I expect FULL romper support from you!)


amy ! said...

This romper outfit is AMAZING!! No joke! Rather than letting your insecurity get the best of you by just wearing the romper with bland/minimal accessories you really went for it - you're embracing the romper and making an amazing ensemble out of it!! True Bouchard flare - you've pulled it off beautifully!! I'm also diggin' the shrug w/ belt for a little more coverage. I'm definitely going to add that to my romper looks!

Anonymous said...

You are right - you have great legs. I am a bit thrown by the belted shrug. It gives a weird proportion, in my opinion.

Beth said...

I love the way your legs look in this romper- The shape is perfect and you are right, mid thiegh is very flattering on you. I think I would go with a softer cardi though- It takes away from how cute the romper is.
Chin up- you look great!!!!

Natalya's Closet said...

I LOVE this look Renee!! I absolutely adore the romper on you and love that you paired is with a floral bracelet!! You should wear rompers more often :)

Anonymous said...

Question I always have about rompers...isn't it a pain if you have to go to the bathroom? It's cute...though at 37 I think I'm too old to pull it off, but I say go for it....just don't wait to the last second to run to the bathroom if you can help it! LOL!

Renée T. Bouchard said...

Cindy- that is a valid point. To go to the bathroom, I have to remove the belt and shrug, so yes it can be a pain. And as for age-appropriate-ness, I think a jumpsuit, maybe in a capri length would be a nice alternative.

And thanks to everyone else, too, for the VERY kind comments. You are all the BEST! :)

Breanne at Bella Vita said...

I think you totally look great in the romper! Don't feel self-conscious about your legs--especially your calves. Your calves are amazing! :-)

Definitely give more rompers a go!

M.B. said...

I think this outfit is very cute on you. It's summery, but also has pizazz. You might even consider a silvery anklet--it would tie together with the shrug, and keep people's eyes skimming all the way up and down in a longer line. But it's great as it is!

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